middle tier

D.C. United

2018 MLS Eastern Conference preview: D.C. United and the rest of the muddled middle

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Here's what we expect from D.C. United's competition for playoff spots

Our 2018 MLS season preview series continues with a look at the Eastern Conference's middle tier. This is where we have D.C. United at the moment, along with several teams undergoing what appear to be major changes. Every one of these teams has significant positives going for them, but each team listed below (in alphabetical order, not projected spot in the final standings) comes with at least one red flag.

The Rest

2018 MLS Western Conference preview: Uncertainty for teams on the playoff bubble

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There's a lot of "could be good, could be bad" in the West's middle tier

The 2018 MLS season hasn't started yet, but it was fairly easy to figure out who would struggle in the Western Conference. It also wasn't too hard to figure out who the top sides will be. What's not as easy to sort out is the fate of everyone else, because there are a lot of big variables with each team.